Deal to manage community solar projects

Mongoose Energy, the UK’s largest manager of community-owned renewable energy assets, has chosen British Solar Renewables (BSR) to manage 14 solar farms that together have a 50MW capacity.

The contract was hailed as the first operations and maintenance (O&M) deal to span multiple community power projects.

The deal means BSR now manages 64 sites with a total capacity of 586MW.

> Read BSR's announcement


Foresight in wind and solar acquisition deals

Foresight Group has announced the acquisition of a 111MW wind and solar portfolio from companies managed by Belltown Power.

The UK based portfolio comprises four onshore wind projects (83MW) and five ground mounted solar PV projects (53.3MW).

The four wind assets are located in Powys, Cheshire, Sussex and Cornwall and the solar PV projects are in Dorset, Leicestershire, Devon and Somerset.

> Read the announcement here


BP sets out low carbon goals

Oil giant BP has unveiled its carbon goals, including to keep net greenhouse gas emissions from its operations at or below 2015 levels until 2025.

The company said it planned to meet the goal by reducing emissions throughout its operations, limiting the intensity of methane emissions from its oil and gas business, and using carbon offset projects.

Bob Dudley, BP Chief Executive, said: “We now know that a race to renewables will not be enough. To deliver significantly lower emissions every type of energy needs to be cleaner and better. That’s why we are making bold changes across our entire business.”

> Download BP's report


First UK energy blockchain trade completed

Residents on the Banister House Estate in Hackney have used Verv’s renewable energy trading platform to complete the UK’s first energy trading using blockchain technology.

The first trade involved a resident in one block buying excess power produced by solar panels on another of the 13 blocks of flats using Verv’s home energy assistant software.

The Banister House project is part of the Ofgem’s regulatory sandbox trial and has received funding from Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board.

> View Verv's announcement


Offshore supply chain goal urged

Former Energy Minister Sir Michael Fallon has called for more British components to be used in offshore wind farms located in UK waters.

In a report commissioned by Wilton Engineering, Fallon said the UK Government should raise the target from 50% to 60%.

He suggested a programme should be setup to increase collaboration, innovation and new entrants.

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